I’m meeting with John Langford and Rachel Young today to begin planning for a new project! The previous album, “All For Me”, was released in 2009, and featured 10 original songs.
We cut the drums, bass, and guitars for that album at John’s studio. Musicians included John Langford on acoustic, electric, and slide guitar, Dane Clark on drums, Scott Hoke on bass, Tom Harvey on percussion, Steve Millikan on keyboards, Rachel Young on flute and recorder, Jerry Baughey and Russell Bush on additional electric guitars, Sarah Walker and Kathy Jo Davis on violin, Michael Vasey on sax, Linda Langford, Susie Alexander, Andy Young and Steve Millikan on background vocals, and of course both John Langford and Rachel Young sang lead and background vocals at various times.
The album was mixed at ZooWest Studio by Mark Aspinall, who also mastered the record.Using a Pro Tools HD2 Accel system, we used upwards of 80 tracks on some of the songs. John’s creativity, drive for perfection and making the album the best that we could make it led to a lot of hours of critical listening, re-cutting parts, and trying all kinds of interesting ideas.
This was John and Rachel’s first extended studio recording experience, and as we approach the second project, it will be interesting to see how the process unfolds. One over-arching principle is that we will work on a limited number of songs at one time, rather than trying to creatively handle all of them simultaneously… at least that’s the plan! It’s hard for both John and I to let songs be actually finished. As the saying goes, “Art is never finished, it is abandoned.”
Rachel had been recently married (within the last couple years) when we started the process, and since the album took about a year to produce, she was in the studio in various stages of pregnancy, contributing and singing… no small task when you’re throwing up or later, ready to deliver! But yes, Rachel did deliver! Which reminds me, we will be featuring a Lullabies album soon here on our wedding music website… when you have marriage, soon there may be a baby carriage… and there’s nothing like soft music, i.e. lullabies to “soothe the savage beast!’